The Alliance together with the Center for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC) on Thursday held a training with different energy producing companies on improving the standards for stoves and briquettes.
The training that ended at Makerere University attracted over 31 small scale producers of household stoves and carbonized briquettes with experts from Makerere University, MEMD, CIRCUDO, and the Uganda National Bureau of Standards.
A team of clean energy experts senstised the different stakeholders in household Biomass stoves and Solid Biofuels-carbonized briquettes standards among others.
UNACC producers were also taken through several designs of cook stoves that can be found on the Ugandan market which use electricity, liquefied Biogas, and Biomass in form of charcoal, cow dung, firewood, briquette, and pellets.
The program was part of the Uganda National Alliance for Clean Cooking (UNACC) in partnership with the WWF’s strategy popularize the use renewable energy in East Africa.
Among the objectives is to support market development by creating networking platforms for stakeholders in the clean cooking sector, strengthening capacity and innovations within existing enterprises, and promotes Standards among its member organizations to enable them deliver high quality products.
During the workshop, Madira Davidson Amooti, the National coordinator UNACC reflected on the need of government support by extending testing laboratories to the different regions of the country to facilitate quality production.
“The production for our members is not on the international standards and they have challenges in terms of capital with no structured market and competition from poor quality products and general lack of support from the government,” Madira told .
He added, “So our appeal to the government is to establish training and training centers by establishing testing laboratories because the whole country has only one testing laboratory which is Makerere University. So we need these at least in every region.”
Jimmy Agaba, a bio energy technician at CREEC stressed the need for joint efforts within the manufacturers and NGOs to submit samples which can be tested with alternative protocols that do not require sophisticated methods.
“The small scale manufacturers lack initial capital which seems to be huge that can help them go through the process of testing hence this initiative will help them because in the process, they will reduce the amount of charcoal used in making these products.
The Briquette producer companies that took part in the training included Good Fire, MASUPA Enterprises, Green Bio Energy Ltd Best of Waste (BOW), Josa Green Technologies, Raising Gabdho, Green Heat, Adapt Plus, Summit Green Company, and West Gang in UNACC.
BM Stoves, GreenFit, Energy Uganda Foundation, AES, CEFA, Energy Empire LTD, Spend Smart LTD, Bold Energy, and Lugwana Stove Manufacturers were among the Household Cookstove production companies present.